Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?
Psalms 46:1-11. Verse 10 KJV, what in me is noisy or agitated, that God commands to be still? What attributes of God do I most need to know and experience today?
Isaiah 23:1-18. Verse 9, what worldly pride and prestige would I pray to see brought low by God right now? Is any of this inside me, as well as outside?
II Thessalonians 3:6-18. Verse 10, is the notion of each person earning his own keep a cultural matter or a divine command? If the latter, how does it reflect the character of God?
Luke 15:11-32. Oppositely, how does the father’s disregard of merit between the brothers reflect the character of God? When have I been like the younger son? And when like the older?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.